Resort Profile: Megève

By adamrowden, 12 Nov '12 at 16:16

Megève is a wonderful ski resort that has been a well kept secret for many years. It is a small picturesque village that is always overlooked by Mont Blanc and has pebbled streets and very few cars.

Located in the Rhône-Alpes region of France, Megève plays host to some truly wonderful skiing and snowboarding that varies in terms of difficulty. There are some extremely challenging runs that are sure to please the more advanced mountain lovers out there.

Megève's Alpine skiing area, known as the "Domaine Évasion Montblanc", comprises Megève itself (Mont d'Arbois, L'Allpete, Rochebrune and Côte 2000); Saint-Gervais-les-Bains; Combloux; La Giettaz; Les Contamines-Montjoie and Saint-Nicolas-de-Véroce. The "Evasion Mont-blanc" range covers approx 445 km of the ski slopes.

The high altitude of the resort means that Megève is pretty snow sure, which when combined with the varying terrain, makes for a cracking little ski resort.

The domaine has plenty of runs that are cut into the trees. These make for a safe haven when a whiteout comes around. If you are looking to head above the tree line then you can pop over to Mont d’Arbois, where the resort’s highest slopes can be located. These vast and swooping runs are great fun and well worth trying out.

Jalliet is a good place to head when the snow level is higher and is often nice and peaceful, however it is the aforementioned Mont d’Arbois that is the most popular area for the intermediate skiers and snowboarders. They are attracted to its large size as well as its varying and steep slopes and its beautiful terrain.

If you are an expert skier or snowboarder then you may head to the Mont Blanc to try some of Europe’s most renowned off piste, however, in the resort there aren’t as many challenging pistes and backcountry trails as you may wish.

If you are willing to book a guide then you can go on a daily tour of Chamonix’s Vallée Blanche or go on a long distance ski trek on routes to Chamonix itself or even Zermatt. You can also go heli-guiding or take advantage of off-piste and ski touring.

Though Megève is not a mecca for snowboarders there are two parks in the resort, one of which has a half pipe. And we know that not all snowboarders want to kick it in the park, so for the rest of you, you have the same amount of off piste to explore as the skiers and you can also get involved in some of the touring options.

Now, when it comes to après ski, Megève is up there with the best of them. There are plenty of cracking bars ranging from your usual mountainside boozer through to piano bars. Oh, and I almost forgot, it also plays host to no less than four nightclubs. And, a lot of the bars and clubs stay open right through the night, so if you want to stay out late, you are spoilt for choice.

Regarding the bars in Megève, The Wake Up has a great atmosphere and is the perfect place to kick-start your après session, and Bar St Paul is also a fantastic place to drink away one too many evenings.

If you fancy a night off the sauce then you can head to one of Megève’s three cinemas, or pop to the bowling alley, or, you could go to the casino and spend (lose) all of your money.

The Highlights:

- Possibly (not definitely, so keep your hair on) the best après ski in France
- Four nightclubs
- Wonderful tree runs
- Great for intermediates
- Beautiful and idyllic village
- Overlooked by the Mont Blanc

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